Relays

 

Shuttle/Exchange Relays

  • Students run (or any mode of travelling you specify) from one side of the area to the other

relay shuttle

Out and Back Relays

  • Students run to the touchline or cone and then back

relay out and back

Circle Relays

  • All students go in the same direction around the outside of the circle (marked with cones)

relay circleWheel Relays

  • Each team stands in a line meeting in the centre so they are in effect forming a wheel with each line forming a spoke. The outside student performs the task running clockwise around the wheel, while the rest of the team move outwards one space. When the student gets back to their team, they move to the centre, behind their team mates

relay wheel

Hoop Relays

  • Divide the class into teams of no more than 5 or 6 – give each team 1 hula hoop
  • Students run to the end marker carrying the hula hoop
  • They pass the hoop over their body 3 times, and then run back passing the hula hoop to the next team member
  • Continue until one of the teams win

relay hoop

Hopper Relay Race

  • Divide the class into teams of 5 to 6 students. Give each team a hopper
  • The first student in each group bounces to the cone and then back again
  • They pass the hopper to the next student and continue
  • Variation 1: students can bounce to an end line, dismount the hopper, and perform an exercise of your choice
  • Variation 2: use cones to mark out an obstacle course

 

Bean Bag Shuttle

  • Equipment: 4 hula hoops and 4 bean bags per team
  • Place 4 hula hoops in a zig-zag path in front of the start line
  • Place 4 bean bags behind the start line
  • Student 1 picks up a bean bag and runs to the first hula hoop, places the bean bag in the hoop and returns to the start line
  • They then pick up the second bean bag and run to the second hoop and back
  • They repeat this for the third and fourth bean bags
  • The second person then runs to the first hoop, picks up the bean bag and runs to the start line dropping the bean bag
  • They repeat this for the other 3 bean bags
  • Other team members then repeat this

relay bean bag shuttle

Animal Relays

  • Divide the class into equal teams
  • The first team member goes from the start to the finish line pretending to be the animal you call out
  • The rest of the team do the same thing – allocate a different animal to each team member
  • For example, 1 = horse, 2 = caterpillar, 3 = kangaroo, 4 = crab, 5 = frog, etc …

 

Fruit Salad

  • Divide the class into equal teams
  • Allocate each team member the name of a different fruit (e.g. 1 = banana, 2 = orange, 3 = apple, 4 = grape, 5 = pear)
  • You call out the name of a fruit and then each team member with that label run to the finish line and back – the first student back in place gains a point for their team
  • If you call out ”fruit salad”, all students run to the finish line and back

 

Washing Machine

  • Divide the class into equal teams
  • All students line up in their teams, one behind the other and must remain facing forwards
  • The student at the front holds a ball
  • They turn to the left (from the waist) and pass the ball to the person behind them
  • The 2nd person then turns to the right passing to the student behind them
  • This continues until the ball reaches the person at the back who then runs to the front
  • The above procedure continues until a team crosses the finish line

 

Tunnel Ball Relay

  • Divide the class into equal teams
  • All students line up in their teams, with the student at the front holding a ball – all students stand with feet at least 1½ times shoulder width apart
  • The student at the front bends down and rolls the balls through their legs and the legs of their team mates
  • The student at the back receives the ball, grabs it, and runs to the finish line and back to the front of their team
  • This procedure is repeated until a team reach the finish line

 

Over and Under Relay

  • Divide the class into equal teams
  • All students line up in their teams, with the student at the front holding a ball
  • The front student passes the ball backwards over their head to the student behind them
  • That student then passes the ball backwards by bending down and passing it through their legs
  • This is repeated until the student at the back receives the ball – they then run to the front of their line and repeat the procedure
  • The relay finishes when a team crosses the finish line